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What do we do?

We work on linking mathematics, statistics and demography to understand what shapes demographic rates and spatial processes in wild populations. We are particularly interested in understanding how age, heterogeneity and environmental factors affect mortality and fetility in wild populations, and how these may determine age-specific demographic rates, ageing rates, and population growth.

Fernando Colchero
Fernando Colchero

Our projects include the development and application of hierarchical Bayesian models to estimate age-specific demographic rates when age is unknown (see R package BaSTA; Colchero & Clark 2012, Colchero et al. 2012). This framework is also allowing us to develop models to explore mortality patterns in 16th and 17th Century Southern Europe (Villavicencio 2015, Villavicencio et al. in progress).

We are also interested on understanding animal population dynamics when count data are incomplete, and how these dynamics are affected by the environment and management strategies (Colchero et al. 2009; Zubillaga et al. 2014; Koons et al. 2015).

Fernando Colchero